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Grand Canal Lampshade

I designed and made this lampshade of the Grand Canal as a big 'thank you' for my sister and brother-in-law who took me to Venice just after my mum died.  Before she was ill, my mum and I made several life-changing trips to Venice and this was a good place to go, although infinitely sad that she wasn't there too.

Each of the six panels depict a typical  Grand Canal palazzo so each day you can turn it round for a different view.

While we were there, I took photographs from the vaporetto as we went up the Canal from Piazza San Marco, planning this lampshade in my mind.

I wanted to get details of the variety of styles of Venetian architecture of these ancient palaces.

After waxing in the white and the grey for the stonework details, I dyed each panel individually to get those classic Venetian colours.  From then on each panel then had its own colour scheme.

I love the Moorish shapes of the windows standing alongside the classic Palladian ones - Venice is such a mix of cultures.

The large 12" diameter lampshade took me weeks to complete and was a real labour of love.  It was a technical challenge too on several levels, so I can't see me repeating it anytime soon!

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